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The Health Benefits of Smiling and Laughing

June 13, 2012 Kenny Martin 0

Have you ever really thought about the health benefits of smiling and laughing? 

There’s one thing for sure, smiling and laughing is a lot more fun and healthier than frowning and fussing.

With that in mind, I would like to encourage more smiling and laughter in our community. 

You may ask yourself, what in the world does smiling and laughing have to do with better health? 

Well, for starters it will definitely make you feel and look better. 

Many medical studies have proven that smiling and laughing is good for your overall health.

Laughing is one of the finest, most economical and easy to practice anti-stress measures. 

Laughter relaxes muscles, expands bloods vessels and sends more blood to the extremities and other muscles all over the body. 

Laughing reduces the level of stress hormones and increases endorphins in our bodies which is a natural pain killer.

Laughter also increases the overall immune system which helps to fend off illnesses and viruses. 

When you’re overrun by stress and don’t take time to smile and laugh you can actually lose the ability or forget how to laugh. 

Imagine for just one moment how tragic that would be. 

As you can tell, smiling and laughing is very good and beneficial to your health and overall attitude.

As the old saying goes, it takes much more energy to frown than it does to smile. 

Our bodies endure enough natural stress by themselves without us adding more through failure to smile and laugh. 

Smiling and laughing is an all natural way to improve ones health and reduce overall stress levels in the body. 

So please do yourself and your health a big favor and smile and laugh every chance you get.

In closing, smiling and laughing is also contagious and is one of the few things you can get and share for free. 

You deserve to be happy, so laugh and smile every chance you get.  


Kenny Martin


Senior Spirit: 6/13

June 13, 2012 Linda McClanahan 0

Are you a senior aged 55 or older, newly retired, new to our area or just looking for new friendships and opportunities to learn something new? 

There is something for everyone at the Mt. Juliet Senior Activity Center.

The mission of the Mt. Juliet Senior Activity Center is to provide a place for older adults to gather for social, educational and recreational activities and to alleviate isolation and loneliness among the elderly. 

Over 80 programs and events are currently offered in Arts & Crafts, Drama & Music, Recreation, Education, Wellness, Socials, Special Events and Community Services. 

Membership is just $20 per year for adults 55 and older. 

The very active center is the heartbeat of the city. 

It is embraced by our community’s service clubs, volunteer groups, businesses, churches, schools and families. 

Many activities are offered for all ages such as; the Thursday fundraiser lunch and music jam for just $5, the monthly concerts, monthly karaoke, volunteer opportunities and all special events. 

The most current volunteer community project is the creation of a Senior Serenity Park. 

The space has been cleared and the layout of the park will soon begin. 

The park will include; beautiful flowers, shrubs and trees, a water feature, a pergola, benches, a picnic table, a raised herb garden and more. 

All projects, supplies and services have been pledged and donated by the Mt. Juliet businesses, churches, service clubs and volunteers. 

All contributors will be recognized on a permanent thank you board in the park. 

If you would like to be a part of the, “Let’s build a park” committee call us today.

Stop by the center any day from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Join us for a cup of coffee, a tour and a free newsletter. 

For more information call 758-9114.


Telling Tales: Becky

June 13, 2012 Angel Kane 2

People often ask Becky and I if we are sisters. To which Becky always responds, 

“Yes, I’m the much younger, nicer sister.”

But no, we are not sisters. (And fyi – she is older than you might think)

Becky and I met years ago when our children attended school together. As you know, there are mothers you click with and those you don’t. I knew Becky and I were going to be fast friends when one day we were chatting in the school parking lot. As she opened her van door, to let her children out, a bunch of junk just fell out. It didn’t faze her one bit, she just kept on talking…even though her child, who was standing right beside her, was now five minutes late for school.  I knew then and there she was a keeper!

Those who meet Becky instantly like her. She is always smiling, always running somewhere, always willing to give a hand or hug. I tend to be a “tad” more reserved. I think people who smile all the time are secretly insane. My goal when I wake up in the morning is to get home as soon as I possibly can. And I will go out of my way to avoid an oncoming  – public display of affection.   

And yet, Becky and I remain the best of friends.  Only problem is that for years, Becky has been trying to make me more like her. 

“Come work out with me.” 

“No. I might see someone I know.” 

“Come to a Metallica concert with me.”

“No. I might get mugged.”

“Come give me a hug.”

“No. Do we need to review our rules about ‘boundaries’ again?”

So a few weeks ago, as I was preparing for a trip, Becky arrived with some clothes for me to borrow. I perused through what she had brought. 

“No way – I can’t wear any of these. Do you really wear these hippi clothes?”  

Exasperated, she said, “You need to get out of your box!”

“Hey, I like my box. My box has a pool, tivo, unlimited caramelos and a weekly subscription to People Magazine.  People would kill to be in my box.”

Could this friendship be saved?  

“Fine, wear your usual funeral clothes. Now, let’s make up – I’m coming in for a hug – brace yourself!”  

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Religion or relationship

June 13, 2012 Larry J. Grainger 0

Someone has defined religion as man’s attempt to reach God. This is exampled in the story of the Tower of Babel. The endeavor by mankind to build a tower to reach into the heavens was met with resistance by God. Our attempts to use some physical means to reach or satisfy God are also met with resistance and leave us empty and unfulfilled.

Contrasted with this, the good news about Jesus Christ is that God became a human being and came to live among us so we could eventually live where He lives. He did this by reuniting mankind and Himself through His Son, Jesus. There may be numerous “religions” available to us, but there is only one Jesus the Son of God. And as we approach the Easter season, it is incumbent to observe that Jesus is the only leader of a “religion” who actually walked out of His grave, having come back to life after being certified as dead. Therefore we have a living hope.

The question we have to ask ourselves is, are we practicing religion or are we seeking a relationship with the living God in the form of Jesus the Son? It is an easy thing for us to get so involved in the things and works of God, that we lose sight of the God of the things and works. Jesus seeks a relationship with each and every one of us. He used the metaphor of a vine to describe to His disciples that true life comes when we reside in a communicating, personal relationship with the True Vine. And of course, He said, “I am the Vine and you are the branches.”

It is possible to get consumed with doing religious things and participating in religious activities as an attempt to legitimize ourselves to God. This was the issue with the older brother in the story Jesus told of the prodigal son. He was so occupied with trying to please his father with all the good things he was doing, he lost sight of the fact he had an inheritance from his father simply because of his relationship with him. As Johnny Lee sang many years ago, we might just be “looking for love in all the wrong places.”

So I ask you, are you hiding in the midst of your religious works, or do you have a personal relationship with Jesus Himself? Obviously, if we have a true relationship with Jesus, good works will follow. Remember we are not Christians because we do good works; we do good works because we are Christians.

Religion or relationship? Choose relationship with Jesus!


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